As if this day couldn’t get any better, we are finally sharing the inspiring career profile of Danielle AKA The Minion Queen. For more about Danielle, her seriously inspiring professional journey, and all the incredible work she does head to the link ❤️
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXACTLY?
I actually own 4 Businesses.
Business 4: IS MY PASSION BUSINESS – Business, Marketing & Social Media Strategy, Time Management & Planning (hyper-focusing on the ADD/ADHD world), and Fairy Training aka Personal Branding and Messaging
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
I saw a huge need in the world of Women Entrepreneurs to have a purely Strategy and tech in business with the full background of someone who has done this in the corporate world for over 15 years.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS, AND IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS?
Business 1: (co-owned) IT Service Provider to businesses all over the world (preparing to sell by end of 2018) Business 2: It Marketing and Social Media Business (in process of selling) Business 3: IT Online Community Forum (3 million hits a month, 10K in posts and over 3000 members) (in process of selling)
WHAT SPECIFIC ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Mindset and how you approach your business is everything. However, that doesn’t trump strategy. They go equally hand in hand. Favorite saying is: Plan your Plan to better evaluate your Plan, to better Prioritize your Plan so that your Plan is well Planned. The words “plan/planned” are in that 6 times it takes time and effort to properly plan out your business so that you are able to grow and shift and evolve as needed. If you do not have a plan and a mindset behind it you will not succeed. Once you have your Plan find out how to be your brand. You are your brand. Your Brand is you! Be authentic, but reach your ideal clients in a way that they will understand and look for.
MY GREATEST OBSTACLE AND HOW I DEALT WITH IT:
I have survived abuse on every level, ADHD and Dyslexia and started in a man’s world of no women allowed. I learned how to adapt my diff-abilities and mind blocks and make them assets to me. They have given me the ability to grow 4 successful businesses, and become an authority in the IT world speaking huge conferences where I am usually the only woman in tech speaking. I now bring that passion and drive that I learned there to working with women small businesses. I can teach anyone to control their chaos, and gain the clarity they need to thrive and grow no matter what their circumstances are.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Starting my Passion business less than a year ago and now selling off my other businesses in less than 11 months of business. I am making the income I wanted and doing something I love every day. I have also recently been asked to write a regular weekly column for an online business publication. Which is a huge deal for my ADHD/Dyslexic self!!
HOW I BLEND LIFE AND WORK TO CREATE THE LIFE I WANT:
I am the Time Management and Planning Queen: I plan the crap out of everything and no it doesn’t take me hours a day. I even plan my personal life so that I don’t allow my business life to encroach. But it allows me to have plenty of time for my husband and for my band wife life.
I AM INSPIRED BY:
Watching women overcome every obstacle thrown at them. We have the unique ability to dive in and make it happen when our mindset is set on a proper goal.
WHY I CHOSE THIS CAREER:
I want to inspire others to overcome everything and learn how to strategize their way through every obstacle so that NOTHING can get in their way. Mindset is a super important part of this but strategies can give you a map to make it through to achieve your dreams!
HOW I PREPARE FOR SUCCESS:
Again mindset is everything. But mindset isn’t the only thing. If you prepare your goals, have a vision and endgame in place. Then your mindset can take over and keep your on track
DID YOU WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? WAS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR YOU?
Yes as you can guess I have a plan for everything (I have a planning system I wrote and use excessively for everything). I also teach others how to setup up their own business plans. I do not do this from the standard form you have to fill in the blanks for. That just doesn’t make sense for a small business unless you are looking for investors. You have to invest in your goals and plans and add lots of mindset and inspiration to get to where you want to be.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES TO BEING A WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER?
I think the biggest disadvantage is how we treat ourselves. We often think we have to be Super Woman, Wonder Woman, Super Mom, and the perfect wife as well as the perfect entrepreneur all in one. We forget to give ourselves the grace to be ourselves and to NOT be perfect. Perfection is seriously overrated and gets in the way of growing and evolving into the best versions of ourselves.
MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS TOOL IS…
My Planning System along with my Bullet Journal.
I would be seriously lost without them!